Nov. 19, 2011
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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Tanner Price threw for a season-high 320 yards and three touchdowns, one of them to Chris Givens, who finished with a career-high 191 receiving yards, as Wake Forest exploded for 24 second-half points to down Maryland 31-10 on Saturday at BB&T Field.
The Demon Deacons improve to 6-5 (5-3 ACC) on the season, making them bowl eligible for the first time since 2008. Maryland drops to 2-9 (1-6).
Price completed 20 of his 32 pass attempts. His 320 yard performance was only six yards shy of his career high of 326, which was set against Navy last season.
Givens 191 yards on eight catches eclipsed his previous high of 170 yards, which was set in this year's season-opener against Syracuse. Michael Campanaro also had a strong night receiving, catching seven passes for 80 yards. Cameron Ford and Terence Davis contributed touchdown catches.
On his Senior Night, Brandon Pendergrass carried the ball 26 times for 125 yards and a touchdown. Orville Reynolds chipped in 63 yards on 11 carries.
Cyhl Quarles led the Deacons with eight tackles, and Mike Olson was close behind with seven tackles, including one for a loss. Maryland's Demetrius Hartsfield led all players with 14 tackles.
The Deacons gained 514 yards of total offense, their first time over the 500 mark since gaining 500 yards in a wild win over Duke at BB&T Field in 2010.
Scoring Drive Recaps
Wake Forest 7, Maryland 0 (5:17, 1st quarter)
Both sides failed to score on their first possession, but the Deacons capitalized on their second attempt with a 13-play, 75-yard drive to score the first touchdown of the game. Tanner Price keyed the drive with three big passes of 27 yards (to Chris Givens), 16 yards (to Michael Campanaro) and 14 yards (again to Givens) before hitting tight end Cameron Ford over the middle for a 2-yard scoring toss. Price's second throw to Givens also gave the wide receiver the most receiving yards in a single season in Wake Forest history.
Wake Forest 7, Maryland 7 (0:12, 2nd quarter)
The Terrapins took just over 20 minutes to respond, but finally got onto the scoreboard with a touchdown of their own on a 7-play, 67-yard drive right before the halftime break. After Wake turned the ball over on downs at Maryland's 33-yard line, quarterback C.J. Brown took over and starred for the Terps. He picked up 34 yards on three carries and completed three of his four passes for 43 yards, including the game-tying 31-yard touchdown pass to Justus Pickett down the right side of the field. Following a converted extra point by Nick Ferrara, the teams entered the locker rooms deadlocked with one another.
Wake Forest 10, Maryland 7 (10:27, 3rd quarter)
A 64-yard bomb from Price to Givens brought the Deacs down to the Maryland 19, and Brandon Pendergrass carried four times for 12 yards before the offense stalled inside the 10-yard line. Jimmy Newman rebounded from his game against Clemson last weekend to nail the 25-yard attempt, putting Wake Forest in front once again following the 8-play, 76-yard drive.
Wake Forest 17, Maryland 7 (4:52, 3rd quarter)
On their next possession, Wake was again buoyed by a big play, this time from Pendergrass on the ground on the second play of the 7-play, 80-yard drive. The senior sprinted down the left sideline for a gain of 38 yards, but suffered an injury as he was pushed out-of-bounds at the end of the play. True freshman Orville Reynolds stepped in and picked up right where Pendergrass left off, cruising into the red zone and down to Maryland's 11-yard line with a 20-yard carry of his own. A Price-to-Givens screen took the Deacs down to the 2-yard line, and Pendergrass re-entered the game to plunge into the end zone for the score.
Wake Forest 17, Maryland 10 (1:42, 3rd quarter)
The Terrapin ground game fueled Maryland's next 12-play, 63-yard drive that ended with a 42-yard field goal by Ferrara. Davin Meggett rushed for 12 yards on the second play, and Brown picked up 24 yards on a carry that brought the offense to midfield. Other than a 13-yard strike from Brown to Devonte Campbell, the drive largely picked up only small chunks of yardage after that.
Wake Forest 24, Maryland 10 (14:04, 4th quarter)
Price was instrumental in driving the Deacs down the field on the ensuing 6-play, 72-yard possession. Not only did he complete all five of his passes for 60 yards, the sophomore also pulled down the ball and scrambled for 22 yards up the middle on one play. The drive concluded with a 10-yard pass from Price to Terence Davis, who was left uncovered in the middle of the end zone for the score.
Wake Forest 31, Maryland 10 (7:48, 4th quarter)
Two big runs from Reynolds set up the Deacons' final scoring drive. The freshman's runs of 13 and 20 yards to push into Terrapin territory helped to set up a Price-to-Givens touchdown pass from 35 yards out that concluded the 8-play, 91-yard drive. A pass that would have gone for 47 yards between the pair was negated after an official review.